American Cheddar Scallion Biscuits

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"Comfy food at its best! The buttermilk dough bakes atop a pile of grated cheddar, bringing not just a wonderfully caramelized flavor, but a clever textural element in the form of crisp, lacy "feet" that form around the bottom or each biscuit. From an updated version from JOY OF COOKING."

Original recipe yields 4-8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (194.4 g)
  • Calories 578.4
  • Total Fat - 33.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 21 g
  • Cholesterol - 91.3 mg
  • Sodium - 983.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 52.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 3.5 g
  • Protein - 16.6 g
  • Calcium - 521 mg
  • Iron - 1.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work cold butter into flour mixture until butter is in small, flattened pieces and mixture is crumbly. Stir in scallions and 1/2 cup cheese. Add 3/4 cup buttermilk, and stir just until dough comes together, adding up to 1/4 cup additional buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary. (Dough should be neither sticky nor crumbly.)

Step 2

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times just to bring dough together. Pat dough into an 8- x 6-inch rectangle; fold 1 short side a third of the way over toward center. Fold opposite short side over folded end (business letter fold). Rotate dough clockwise 90 degrees; pat out dough into a 8- x 6-inch rectangle, and repeat folding procedure. Pat dough out into an 8- x 6-inch rectangle (3/4 to 1 inch thick); cut dough into 8 rectangular biscuits.

Step 3

Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese into 8 mounds about 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet, scattering cheese just a bit so some cheese will stick out from under biscuits. Place each biscuit rectangle on a mound of cheese on baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake biscuits in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Makes 8 biscuits

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

Tags : Breads



I love cheddar biscuits and these did not disappoint. One of the best I have had. The pepper gave them some zing. The cheese underneath before baking is a brilliant idea, giving a crunchy, cheesy layer. I easily cut recipe in half.

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(12 May 2021)

Daily Inspiration

I always start these reviews with the statement, "I'm not a great baker", but these biscuits turned out really well. I made them just as directed and they were so delicious. Loved the addition of the scallions, cheese and the pepper. Will definitely make them again.

(24 Jun 2020)

dienia b

Man these are really good i love the pepper in them too

review by:
(26 Nov 2019)


These biscuits are to die for. So much flavor and great textures. The crumb was perfect. I love biscuits and these lovely ones do not disappoint. They turned out just the way I like them. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe which I made for Autumn Fever 2019.

review by:
(1 Nov 2019)


Awesome biscuits! Love the technique for making these fluffy babies. Served these with a homemade soup. Going into my Favvy File. Thanks for sharing ForeverMama! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

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(1 Jun 2019)